Researching a participatory design for learning process in an intercultural context
Gordon Joyes, University of Nottingham, UK, United Kingdom ; Zehang Chen, Beijing Normal University, China
IJEDICT Volume 3, Number 3, ISSN 1814-0556 Publisher: Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies
The School of Education, University of Nottingham (UoN), UK and Beiwai:Online, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) Beijing, China have been engaged on a collaborative project to develop a generic module for the training of online tutors as part of the eChina-UK programme. Participatory design approaches have been used within this project to allow potential users of the module to play an important role in the design process. Academics, technologists and tutors from China and UK worked together in small groups over nine months to produce the module materials. Reflective accounts, audio recordings of face to face (F2F) group working and interviews have been used to explore the design process. This paper describes the participatory design approach in this project and explores an activity theory based analysis approach that is used to identify some of the factors that affected the design process.
Joyes, G. & Chen, Z. (2007). Researching a participatory design for learning process in an intercultural context. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT, 3(3), 78-88. Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies.